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The Importance of Wisdom

My grandmother was born in 1913. She went to a one-room school in the rural hills of Kentucky and if she had a question about something she either had to ask her teacher or find the answer in a book. Today we can get information within seconds. Anything we want to know can be found by searching the Internet. From the time we get up in the morning until we go to bed at night we are bombarded with information from the television, radio, books, movies, and newspapers. But is information the same thing as wisdom? And just because we hear or read something does that mean it’s true?

Perhaps you have seen the commercial on television that depicts a guy reporting a car accident on his cell phone using his State Farm mobile app. His neighbor (a pretty blonde girl) is skeptical that it works and he asks her why. She says she read about it on the Internet and that everything she reads there is true. The commercial ends when her date comes to pick her up and she introduces him as a “French Model” she met on the Internet. He is obviously NOT French or a model. Her date says, “Bon Jour” (with a southern accent) and the commercial ends.

Are We Easily Duped?

We can be if we aren’t careful. There is only one book that serves as a guide from earth to heaven and if we aren’t reading it for ourselves, we aren’t seeking wisdom.

Just how important is wisdom? Proverbs 1:7 says:

“Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

Wisdom is the difference between making good decisions and foolish choices. It’s walking in the light as opposed to stumbling through darkness. When coupled with faith and obedience it can save us and help us save others.

Are We Engaged in the Bible? 

How many of us diligently seek wisdom by studying the Bible on a regular basis? In a study of “Bible engagement” LifeWay Research surveyed more than 2,900 Protestant churchgoers and found that when asked how often they personally (not as part of a church worship service) read the Bible only 19 percent responded “Every Day.”  18 percent said “Rarely/Never.” 25 percent indicated they read the Bible a few times a week. Fourteen percent say they read the Bible “Once a Week” and another 22 percent say “Once a Month” or “A Few Times a Month.”

Can we expect to obtain wisdom if we never or rarely pick up our Bibles?

Before we can get wisdom we have to desire it. James says in Chapter 1, verse 5:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.’

It’s ours for the asking but we have to have faith that he will answer.

Remember the hymn, “Take Time to Be Holy?”

Take time to be holy,

speak oft with thy Lord;

abide in him always,

and feed on his word.

Make friends of God’s children,

help those who are weak,

forgetting in nothing

his blessing to seek.

Are we feeding on His word? If not, shouldn’t we be?

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